Niceville, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: Person finds lost dog, doesn't report finding, still has dog. Now 5 months. Can they legally keep it now?

Friend lost dog in Destin, from Panama City (12/19/19) On 12/20/19 witness reported seeing man with it at apts. He didn't report it found, made no attempt to find owner. Flyer was sent to residents, no one came forward. Posted in every lost dog group and internet group possible. After 5 mnths searching, flyers up at the apt. again, a couple said they knew man who had the dog, then changed story, said it was a mistake. I received an anonymous text then call, telling me the man has the dog. She has become more evasive, so she may have the dog herself. Question is: Someone finds a dog, doesn't report finding it, just keeps it. , probably saw flyers looking for the dog but didn't call. After 5 months is it legal for a person to keep the dog? Having apt. manager send more flyers. I just need to know if they can legally keep a dog, after making no attempt to find owner or report it found. Is dog stolen property? Thank You

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: No, it is not the person's dog and he can't keep it. But it probably can't be proven that the dog is stolen.

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